This picture shows one of many original lamp posts which prominately stand at Custom House Quay in Greenock, near the Beacon Arts Centre. The main lamp post dates back to the early 19th century and is located within a civic square which has been created in front of the Custom House Quay.
This Grade A listed building was built in 1818 and was used until recently by the Customs and Excise Service. The nearby quay was the departure point for many Scottish emigrants during the 19th century, and it is now a regular stop for the world’s last ocean going paddle steamer – The Waverley.
The Beacon Arts Centre is situated at Custom House Quay in Greenock and overlooks the River Clyde estuary towards the hills of Argyll and Dunbartonshire. There can be few theatres in the country which will enjoy such a spectacular location. The Beacon Arts Centre, opened in January 2013, is one of the finest new arts venues in the UK.
The Beacon Arts Centre is the replacement for the Greenock Arts Guild Theatre which has served the community of Inverclyde well, for 65 years. The Beacon Arts centre has 2 performing spaces, together with a bistro/bar and 3 large rehearsal rooms which can be extended to provide a function suite for up to 170 guests. The Beacon Arts Centre uses cutting-edge theatre technology as well as providing wi-fi, online bookings and infrastructure for live television broadcasts.
The main stage of the Beacon Arts Centre is one of the largest in Scotland. It is fully equipped including a full height fly tower with counterweight system, two trap doors, retractable orchestra pit and generous wing space. The theatre can accommodate over 500 patrons on three levels. The Beacon studio can seat 130 people on retractable bleacher seating and is adaptable as a black box space, which can be used end stage, in the round, cabaret etc.
The Beacon Arts Centre is a significant new addition to the Scottish theatre and arts scene and has become a venue of choice for touring productions as well as being a vibrant hub for the local community theatre groups within the area.